Is it a cold or allergies?

Is it a cold or allergies?

Symptoms are often similar. Use the table below to learn about typical symptoms and to help tell a cold from allegies. While there is cure for a cold or allegies, you can comfort your child by providing symptoms relief:


Fever Maybe Never

SoreThroat Yes No

Cough Yes No

Itchy throat/nose No Yes

Sneezing Yes Yes

Runny Nose Yes (Thick/Discolored) Yes (Watery, Clear)

Itchy/Watery Eyes No Yes

How long Up to Two weeks Weeks to months

Contagious Yes (caused by viruses) Never (Allergies are caused by pollen, dust)

What can you do to provide symptom relief?

Ask your healtcare provider about over the counter medications to ease your child’s symptoms:

Relieve Cold Symptoms:

Clear a stuffy nose:

*Put a cool-mist humidifier near your child’s bed.

*Use saline (salt water) nose drops or spray.

*For a baby; suck out mucus with a rubber bulb after using nose drops or spray.

Keep giving liquids:

*Have your child drink a lot of water and other liquids.

*If your child won’t drink, try popsicles.

*For a baby, offer extra formula or breast milk throughout the day.

Relieve Allery Symptoms:

Reduce the pollen your child breathes in (if your child has outdoor allergies):

*Rinse face and eyes afte time outside to remove pollen.

*Keep windows closed during allergy season.

Reduce dust and dust mites (if your child has indoor allergies):

*Use a vacuum with a high-efficiency (HEPA) filter weekly.

*Wash bedding weekly in hot water.

*Disclaimer: This information was taken from the Johnson & Johnson pamphlet on Children’s Zyrtec and Tylenol and I give them full credit for the information. Please check their website for more information.


About jwatrel

I am a free-lance writer and Blogger. I am the author of the book "Firehouse 101" ( 2005) part of trilogy of books centered in New York City. My next book "Love Triangles" is finished being edited and should be ready for release in the Fall. My latest book, "Dinner at Midnight", a thriller is on its last chapter. My long awaited book explains the loss of the 2004 Yankee game to Boston. I work as a Consultant, Adjunct College Professor, Volunteer Fireman and Ambulance member and Blogger. I have a blog site for caregivers called 'bergencountycaregiver', a step by step survival guide to all you wonderful folks taking care of your loved ones, a walking project to walk every block, both sides, of the island of Manhattan "MywalkinManhattan" and discuss what I see and find on the streets of New York and three sites to accompany it. One is an arts site called "Visiting a Museum", where I showcase small museums, historical sites and parks that are off the beaten track both in Manhattan and outside the city to cross reference with "MywalkinManhattan" blog site. Another is "DiningonaShoeStringNYC", featuring small restaurants I have found on my travels in this project, that offer wonderful meals for $10.00 and under. So be on the lookout for updates on all three sites and enjoy 'MywalkinManhattan'. The third is my latest site, "LittleShoponMainStreet", which showcases all the unique and independent shops that I have found on my travels throughout and around Manhattan. I have started two new blog sites for the fire department, one "EngineOneHasbrouck HeightsFireDepartmentnj" for the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department to discuss what our Engine Company is doing and the other is "BergenCountyFireman'sHomeAssociation" for the Bergen County Fireman's Association, which fire fighters from Bergen County, NJ, go to the Fireman's Home in Boonton, NJ to bring entertainment and cheer to our fellow brother fire fighters quarterly.
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1 Response to Is it a cold or allergies?

  1. jwatrel says:

    Please check out the Johnson & Johnson website for more information on Children’s medications.

    Liked by 1 person

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